Simone without Nicolas
I've been working on Iniquity whenever I can. I'm nowhere near to being finished. It's a monster to write. I thought I'd be able to write it as fast as the other books, but this one is so much more intricate. The characters all have stories to tell and I have to tell those stories in order for you to understand why Evie is here--her mission. (<--That is the ultimate goal of Iniquity in my mind: to explain why Evie is here.) The funny thing I'm finding is, as I write, many of the other characters have missions, too.
I'm not giving a release date for Iniquity, yet. I can't. There is too much left to write for me to pick some arbitrary date. I know I will get hate mail for that. I'm sorry! Hopefully you'll thank me later for not compromising. (I will pray for it.)
I want to let you in a little more than I have on the story, though. The original Iniquity teaser I planned to publish below was almost 2,000 words. Then I thought, That's not a teaser, that's a freaking novel. Instead, I chose a smaller excerpt. It's still over 800 words. I'm silly. I can't help myself. Just go with it.
This teaser hasn't been edited. It is RAW and subject to change. It's a glimpse into Evie's last lifetime on Earth; the lifetime prior to the present, when she was Simone. (Chapter 3 of Incendiary gives you the first glimpse of this lifetime from Russell's perspective. Now you get to see it through Evie's eyes, but unlike with Russell's telling of it, you're going to have to live through it.) If you'll recall from Incendiary, Simone is in France during World War 1. She's now in German occupied Lille, in the year 1918.
I've posted music with this teaser. When you read it, its relevance will be explained.
“Is a ghost whispering in your ear?” Emil asks me now. He touches my cheek softly. “You’ve gone quite pale.”
“I was just on my way to Olympia to see if they have any more of the jam you like. We’ve run completely out, and I thought you might want it for the journey,” I lie.
He has a faraway look. “You’re just as you were on the morning I found you--so pale--so beautiful. Has it really been more than two years ago?”
“Almost two and a half,” I murmur.
“The needle in the hay, that’s what you were, Simone, and I found you.”
“I hardly remember that day,” I lie. It’s etched in my brain; I have nightmares of it often.
Emil smiles at me now in admiration as he had then. “Nothing breaks your heart. You’re bulletproof. You’re like me--we both keep so many secrets.”
“If I don’t go now, it will be closed.”
My excuse to meet Xavier slips away from me the moment I see his scowl. “I don’t want your French jam. It will taste like the bitterest defeat now. I’ll never eat it again.” He watches me for a moment. His thumb comes up to trace my lips. I drop my chin. He lifts the silver wolf head of his cane beneath my chin, raising it so that he can see my eyes. “Do you know what I want?” he asks.
“I’d like a kiss.”
I show no emotion as I lift my lips to his cheek and press them lightly against his skin. As I pull away, my eyes meet his.”
“You belong to me, Simone. You know that, don’t you?”
He touches the lace of my collar, admiring the fine detail of the day dress he chose for me. “Good. Come, I want to hear you play while the staff packs.” He takes my hand and leads me back toward the grandeur of the main house. I don’t resist. Entering through the kitchen, I nearly stumble to a halt as I see the blood-spattered wall and lifeless body of Tomas, the head chef, near the cast iron stove. Emil’s hand gestures toward the blood pooling on the floor. “Tomas cannot come with us to our next location. I will miss him; I enjoyed his soufflé.”
I avert my eyes at once. Death is a regular occurrence here. I had thought Tomas had a better chance than most of surviving the German occupation. I was wrong.
Emil leads me to the music room. He opens the enormous doors, spreads them wide, and allows me to enter before him. The room is arranged with opulent furniture: centuries old carved mahogany chairs, gold-silk covered sofas, and a light-blue silk tufted settee among others. Most of the artwork that had adorned this space has been removed, shipped to the Fatherland to be hoarded by relatives of the officers who reside here. Large, discolored patches of plaster remain as a testament to where they had been.
We cross the immaculate blue and gold carpet to the black bench placed in front of the piano of the same hue. All of the silver frames near the piano have images of the family who had once lived here. I don’t know what happened to them, but they’re richer by far for not having to remain.
As I settle on the bench, I lift my eyes to Emil’s blue ones. The strawberry-blond highlights in his hair shine in the waning sun from the window as he doffs his Fliegertruppe cap. “What would you like to hear?” I ask.
“Play Johann Pachelbel’s ‘Canon in D,’” Emil smiles. He drops his cap on the chair near us.
I remove my white gloves and take my hat from my hair, placing the gloves inside of it. Emil takes them from me and puts them on the chair beside his. As I rest my fingertips on the smooth ivory keys, gunshots explode from the floors above. My eyes rise to look at the ceiling, hearing the violent, high-pitched screams of women’s voices and the heavy pounding of running feet. “It’s just a bit of housekeeping, Simone. The staff cannot come with us; we have to be sure they won’t see something that they shouldn’t. I’ve given orders that they be...retired.” His hand rests heavily on my shoulder.
“You’ll kill them all?” I choke on the words.
“All but you, Simone. I have spared you.” He caresses my cheek before he urges, “Now play for me.” I hesitate for a moment, trying to think of a way to convince him to spare the lives of the staff. Emil leans close to my ear and growls, “Play!”
The first staggering notes of ‘Canon in D’ are hardly discernable above the chaos and clamor. The pistol reports shatter the very air. Agnes, one of the chambermaids, pleads for her life, but her terrified cry is cut short. I concentrate on the keys so that my fingers won’t shake and I fade away into the music. I hide in the notes, momentarily free from the terror of the Lille chateau. It’s only when the song ends that I begin to pray.
I cannot stay here a moment longer...I can’t stay...Xavier, please come, Xavier, please...
Emil whispers in my ear, “Again, Simone.”
I wish I could show you it all. Soon! I will soon :)
Thank you for the teaser. As anxious as I am to have Iniquity in my Nook, I want it done the right way and not rushed. Thank you for your diligence!
Wow is all I could say I'm stunned by what she went through
Man. This was intense. You take all the time you need, Amy!! The last thing we want you to do is give us something rushed and incomplete! I am incredibly excited to read Iniquity and will try to patiently wait for its arrival (;
well that paints a disturbing/haunting/brilliant picture, Iniquity is most definitely worth the wait.
Loved it!!!! Can't wait for it to be finished :)
Omg, love the teaser and the update. Here is a suggestion, make a book about each of the characters mission, I know I would buy every single one lol. You are the best.
You are such a tease!! Please, take your time and don't worry about the fans hating you. Any true fan knows what you desire in your writing and won't mind that it takes a little longer to get the book. As much as I want it now, I also want the proper story.
WOW!!!! Never a dull moment ...hahahaaaaa
THANK YOU!!! I miss the characters so much! Cannot wait for BOOK 5
All though I'm sad that there isn't a release date yet I'm behind you 100 percent and I'm totally looking forward to finding everything out. I hope it's a huge ginormous book. I want it all. Take your time sweetie. :)
I can't wait til its finished! I don't know how you come up with this stuff, absolutely brilliant. Can't wait to it.
Haunting! Can't wait to read it. Thanks for the teaser! I have a love/hate relationship with the information in regards to a release date not being set. ;) Thank you Amy, for doing the book justice and taking your time.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. Oh, how I have missed Evie. This is very creepy and haunting...beautifully written, I love it.
I am looking forward to Iniquity tremendously. I love the characters you have created, and am grateful that you are taking the time to do them justice in your upcoming book. Please don't rush to get the book out, because I think that would be a crime.
Wow!!!!! I am so excited! I definitely agree with everyone else. Don't rush. I know it'll be worth the wait!
I'm sorry Who is Emil??? Thats not Russell is it???? Cant wait to read the rest and found out what happens...
Russell is not Emil. Russell is Nicolas. Emil looks to be another EVIL stalker like Brennus.
OHHH OK thank you i was so confused about that LOL!!!!
Wow well, that just blew my mind!
WOW WOW WOW!!!! That was intense.... I cannot wait to find out all the details as to why Evie is here and what she needs to do! So take your time Amy! We definitely do not want to rush you!
Okay, something tells me I might love Xavier...
WOW!!! Amazing Amy! Though I have been desperately awaiting the release of iniquity, I would hate for you to rush and not be able to do these characters justice. DON'T RUSH!! This series is one of my favorites! It is a rare occasion that I can find books that I simply cannot put down. The series is fantastic and I can see that book 5 will be nothing less if not better!
I absolutely love you books! I am dying for the next one! This is my favorite book series! You writing is captivating and the story is magnificent! Keep on writing!
Love the teaser, Amy! I'm definitely looking forward to book 5 and I'm really glad that you're taking your time with i rather than rushing it :) Thank you so much for being awesome and giving us updates and teasers! Looking forward to more (Premonition Series and beyond!) Amy Bartol fan for life! :)
Awesome teaser......I so so so can't wait to read this book.....your an AMAZING writer Amy and I do agree with ^ kristen ^ If all the other characters have stories to tell I would totes wanna read them ♥
Loved the teaser...just enough to get me by for now ;) You can't rush perfection which is what your books are, so no worries...we are all very devoted fans (ur my fav!) and will be patiently waiting (ok, not so patiently maybe) for Iniquity!! Love ya!
LOVE IT!!!!!!!! I love this series! Don't rush it.....but please hurry!
I CANNOT WAIT! but take your time. Patience is of virtue and I have a feeling this will definitely be worth the wait. *sigh* Xavier...
OMG I cannot wait any longer for this book to come out !
Just want the book, enough with the teasers.
Your killing me!!! LOL EEEkkkkk I can't wait for this book, I'm on pins and needles.
I was wondering if you iniquity well be a audio book your narrator is so awesome I loved the others and really want this one too as soon as you release it. please
I read so much and I have never found a book series better than this. It is so detailed, dark and sexy. Take all the time you need! I cannot wait to read the finished product.
- Will it wns in Book 4? (I think it shouldl
I can't wait to take the day off from work- literally- so I can just sit and read this. It's currently marked off on my calendar.
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